November 21st, 2010
The snowplows plowed. The tow trucks towed. Police investigators investigated. The skiers skied, the snowboarders rode, the sledders sledded, the snowshoers showeshoed and it was a perfect day.
Last Sunday, it was good to hear the familiar voice of Doug Howell and his snow removal team from Mammoth Firewood come crackling across the scanner. It was like an old shoe.
"Careful coming around that bend, it's a blind corner."
"There's a car parked in the middle of the road!"
"Just about got Canyon cleaned up. Headed to Lakeview."
Winning games helps.
Going to the playoffs is fun and exciting for everyone, from the players and coaches to the supporters of the team and the fans in the stands.
But this yearâ€™s Mammoth High School football team was bigger than that just for having taken the field.
After a lost season in which Mammoth had no team at all, the Huskies returned under the wing of their resolute coach, Tom Gault and his industrial-strength assistant coach Marty Thompson â€“ a former Fresno State and Detroit Lions tight end.
(Updated 9 a.m. Sunday) The other shoe of the Big Storm dropped on Mammoth Saturday night and Sunday.
After a lull in the action on Saturday afternoon, the second wave of the storm kicked into high gear overnight, starting at about 10 p.m. Saturday and running into Sunday. At the top of Mammoth Mountain, a wind gust of 107 miles an hour was recorded at 4 a.m. Sunday
By 8 a.m. Sunday, the wind had calmed to an average wind speed of 32 miles an hour and a foot and a half of new snow was on the ground at the Sesame Snow Study Site, near the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Note: The What's Up item about the Thompsons that ran in Friday's paper has been corrected in this version.
That was the crew of â€śThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ€ť up on Mammoth Mountain Saturday, which took marketing whiz Joani Lynch a bit by surprise, but she (Joani) is fast on her feet. Ellen didnâ€™t show, but â€śAmyâ€ť (the dorky on-camera cohort in the blue biz suit) came up for 15 hours of taping. The bit aired Wednesday. For two minutes. â€śHollywoodâ€™s rough,â€ť said Joani. ...
If and when the Town of Mammoth Lakes loses its appeal of the $30 million Hot Creek litigation against it, Mammoth could be thrown into a Chapter 9 bankruptcy whose effects could last many years.
But citizens who are anticipating the immediate effects of such a predicament are unlikely to notice anything different at all.
â€śThe notion that the town would be shut down because of bankruptcy is a laymanâ€™s misunderstanding of how it actually works,â€ť said one of the participants in the court battle, who preferred anonymity over concerns in interfering with the ruling.
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation; and familiarity will make way for ground-breaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierraâ€™s most popular fund raisers returns to Lone Pine.
â€śThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this yearâ€™s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,â€ť Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.
Mammoth daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, who was arrested in early October on child sexual abuse allegations, was arraigned Nov. 16 in Bridgeport on two additional "criminal complaints" of child sexual abuse, bringing the total number to four complaints, according to Wade McCammond, Mono County District Attorney's chief investigator.
Almageur was present for the arraignment, McCammond said.
The first big storm of the winter is expected to hit Mammoth and Mono County late this week, according to the Reno office of the National Weather Service.
As much as several feet of snow could fall on the Sierra crest with several inches on valley floors, beginning Friday and intensifying over the course of the weekend.
As if controversy over a proposed gold mine werenâ€™t enough action, the Bodie area found itself in the firing line once again recently, caught squarely in the middle of a battle between cattle and sage grouse.
Western Watersheds Project, an Idaho-based environmental group, filed a lawsuit Nov. 4 against the Bishop office of the Bureau of Land Management challenging the agencyâ€™s decision to renew 133,000 acres of cattle grazing allotments near the Bodie Hills area.
All it took was decent snow cover, blue skies, a federal holiday and ... Voila! Mammoth Mountain recorded nearly 10,000 skier visits onto Mammoth Mountain Ski Area last weekend in its 2010-11 season opening.
According to ski hill officials, 2,152 there were 2,152 visits on Thursday, Opening Day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, those numbers hit 2,293, 3,101 and 2,154.
The ski visits ran 1,367 ahead of last season's Opening Weekend.
The Mammoth Huskies Friday night ended their season as they began it â€“ with a very satisfying home victory.
The Dogs ran up 51 points on Silver Valley, their best scoring game of the season. In giving up 20, Silver Valley never had a chance.
The Huskies finished their season 3-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. They were 2-3 at Gault/McClure Stadium â€“ not bad for a program that disappeared last season for a variety of reasons.
They began their season with a surprising 6-3 victory over L.A. Baptist, endured some very bad losses (59-6 at Bishop comes to mind) and long road trips.
The Unbound Terrain Park at Mammoth Mountain opened Thursday, and it's mind-boggling what Josh Chavet and his crew have created.
Working on top of a base of 13-31 inches of snow, the Unbounders opened a new urban stairset with three down options, a new urban planter box (brick with fake grass), and a new concrete ledge.
They also unveiled a variety of early-season jumps (aka â€“ smaller hits) and other assorted rails and jibs.
Way to go, you Unbounders!
Daycare provider Lupe Almaguer, arrested for alleged child sexual abuse Oct. 5, is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeport at 10:30 a.m, Nov. 16 for a pre-trial status conference, according to court documents.
The 56-year-old Almaguer was arrested on several charges of sexual abuse against children once in his care who are now adults, with bail set at $500,000.
He has been in the Mono County Jail ever since, and has been prohibited from contact with any alleged victims.
Public defender Dave Hammond will represent Almaguer.
Chamber Music Unbound concert features bassoon, flute
Anyone who grew up listening to Prokofiev’s tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” knows that the characters in the story are represented by musical instruments. The bassoon provides the deep, rich voice of the grandfather.
The bassoon is the featured instrument in Saturday night’s Chamber Music Unbound concert, titled “Fresh Air.”